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10 Minute DIY Fall Decor Idea

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A quick and easy 10 minute DIY fall decor idea!

collage with faux pumpkin and faux pumpkin vase, plus a large graphic

I’m a quick and easy craft kind of girl.

The perfect project for me is when I can sit down with a few supplies and do in a short amount of time. It doesn’t always work out that way, but today’s project definitely falls under the category of quick (in under 10 minutes) and easy, and I actually love the results. Perfect!

Last year I bought a few faux pumpkins for my front porch to add to the few real ones I get every year. When I unpacked them this year, some had a stem that had been pulled out. I thought about gluing them back on, but decided to try to make one into a pumpkin flower holder to add to my indoor fall decor.

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So, when I get an idea I just kind of just go for it with no real plan. Sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn’t. I’m happy to say that this one was a success!

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Supplies for a Faux Pumpkin Flower Vase

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To start, I just removed the rest of the pumpkin stem. 

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Then I  put the mason jar on top of the pumpkin and traced it with a pencil to mark where I would cut.

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Next, I used the utility knife to cut out the top of the pumpkin. I went around the top a few times with the knife, and then I used a screw driver to loosen it up. I was able to pull the top out rather easily.

10 Minute Fall Decor | www.chatfieldcourt.comAfter I removed the top, I could see that the pumpkin was filled with styrofoam beads. I emptied some of them into the trash and inserted the small mason jar into the hole.

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All that was left to do was to add my flowers. A few weeks ago, I planted a couple of hydrangea in my front flowerbeds and it still had some beautiful flowers. I just cut some off and added them to my faux pumpkin vase along with a little water.

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I love how it turned out!

My husband even thought it was a real pumpkin. When I asked him to carry it inside for me so I could clean up my mess, he couldn’t believe that it I used a faux pumpkin. Then again, he also thought that I had just glued the flowers to the top of the pumpkin.


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You could also do this project with a real pumpkin, or faux flowers or succulents. So many possibilities.

I like my faux pumpkin because I can keep it out until Thanksgiving. 

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Quick and easy and, might I add… free. I already had all my supplies so all it cost me was about 10 minutes of my time.

Are you a project planner or do you just go for it and hope for the best (like me 😉 )?

I have more thrifty fall decor and DIY ideas if you want to check them out.


  1. Sandee Schnupp says:

    Hi Kristi I just LOVE your creative pumkin idea!! You could also fill the mason jar at Xmas time with candy canes and use a cute Xmas bow around them ; I think that would be soo cute and different and the white pumpkin would show up so well with the color red! Take care Sandee Fairfax Va.

    1. Thanks Sandee! Great ideas for filling the mason jar at Christmas, I’ll have to give them a try. So glad that you stopped in today! πŸ™‚

  2. Very pretty, Kristi! I, like you, enjoy a quick and easy craft. Your pumpkin vase is lovely. πŸ™‚

  3. I saw your post when I was checking on my post for Metamorphosis Monday. I loved it. Great ideas. I enjoyed seeing this post. Thanks.

    1. Thanks Valerie! I appreciate your sweet comment, it totally made my night. πŸ™‚ So glad you found me.

  4. Brenda, Florida says:

    So pretty with the hydrangeas. Nice idea. I did an orange pumpkin, but instead of fresh flowers, I glued a gold bow to the top, and then glued fall flowers into the bow with fall leaves at the base. In-fact, I taught a class using this at an independent living community. It was a hit.

    BTW I loved the hat you bought!! You look great in it. See ya Friday.

    1. Thanks Brenda! Sounds like you had a great idea with your pumpkin craft too. I bet it looks awesome!

      I appreciate your visit and thanks for the hat compliment, I’m so happy to finally have one that fits! Hope the rest of your week is good and we’ll see ya on Friday. πŸ˜‰

  5. Very nice. But honestly, that’s the best looking faux pumpkin. Where did you get it? I know you said it was a year ago, but maybe I’ll get lucky!

    1. Thanks so much! I’m almost positive that I got it from Hobby Lobby. They still have the faux ones out in my area, maybe you’ll be able to get one by you. Good luck! πŸ˜‰

  6. Love it Kristi! Looks real to me. Great idea!

  7. Kristi, I really like white pumpkins and hydrangea and you combined them to make a simple bit elegant display. I am not very crafty so I have to copy people like you for DIY projects. However I do like to get creative with my quilting and fabric combos. Some have been flops, others have been successes. That is party of the creative process I guess. Debbie

    PS: You probably guessed right about my dogs name sake. My husband named him and he was a big Tim Tebow fan.

    1. I guess you’ll never get successes unless you fail a few times, right Debbie? I hope I was able to inspire you to give this one a try. πŸ˜‰

      P.S. I lived in Florida when Tebow was in school, so I figured that was why he had that name. Great name for a dog!

      Hope you have a great week!

  8. Jessica [Havok] says:

    This is awesome! It can have those flowers now, different ones for Thanksgiving, and do it all again next year (and after that again and again)! And they could be fake or real flowers even, since there’s the mason jar to hold water for them (for real ones, that is)!

    1. Thanks Jessica! Faux flowers, real flowers and maybe a bunch of lollipops (my husband would enjoy that one). I appreciate your visit. Hope you have a great week!

  9. Love that! I like mixing faux and real too, and now you’ve made me want to grab more faux ones!

    1. Thank so much Vel! I need to get some more myself, now that I know they are so easy to work with. πŸ™‚

  10. Looks great, Kristi! A really pretty fall vignette, and it does look like a real pumpkin. A lot of my projects are impromptu, however there are times — such as quilting — when I have to plan things out. This is probably why I don’t quilt as often as many other quilters do. LOL. Have a great week, my friend. xo ~ Nancy

    1. Thanks so much Nancy! I could see where you would have to plan things when quilting. I’m not a good planner so I probably wouldn’t make it as a quilter. Love looking at them and using them, I just wouldn’t be good at making them. LOL

      Thanks for your visit Nancy, and I hope your week is a great one!

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